By GREGORY ZELLER //
The tough guys (and gals) at Janam Technologies are at it again, introducing another user-friendly upgrade to their rugged-computing mix.
The Woodbury-based tech firm – which infuses its handheld computers, gun-shaped scanners and RFID readers with a break-it-if-you-can bravado – on Thursday announced “the newest and most powerful addition” to its family of XM mobile computers: the XM75, which offers both keypad and touchscreen functionality, a rarity in the bashable world of “rugged” devices.
Packed with workplace-critical protocols (including the Android operating system with Google Mobile Services and the latest in barcode-scanning tech) and the WiFi connectivity field professionals expect and require (4G LTE, Bluetooth and more), the XM75 goes where few mobile computers have gone before, though not in its durability.
Of course, those takes licking/keeps ticking attributes are considerable. The device has earned an international IP67 rating, an “ingress protection” grade indicating the XM75 is “dust tight” (particles cannot permeate its outer shell) and significantly water-tested (specifically, full functionality after 30 minutes at a submerged depth of 1 meter).
But those impressive strengths are, to some degree, par for the rugged-computing course. And for sure, they’re standard operating procedure at Janam, where boosting productivity (and surviving chaos) in any work environment is the name of the game.
What sets apart the XM75, the company said Thursday, is its doubled-up interfacing. Workplace operators can tap into the new device’s 2D imaging, GPS and other cutting-edge functions on a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen (which responds to a lighter touch, as opposed to a responsive touchscreen, which requires a firmer hand) and/or the XM75’s backlit numeric keypad (2 for A,B,C, 3 for D,E,F, etc.).
That duality is a super advantage in a pocket-sized device that can bounce back – literally – from a 5-foot drop onto concrete and otherwise withstand virtually any workplace environment, noted Janam Technologies CEO Harry Lerner, who lamented “the many copycat devices with zero differentiation now flooding the market.”
“A large segment of our customer base is looking for a key-based rugged mobile computer,” Lerner said Thursday. “Janam’s XM75 provides the best of both worlds for organizations that want a rugged mobile computer with a slim smartphone-like design, but don’t want to choose between a keypad and touchscreen.”
The introduction of the XM75 bookends a big month for the circa-2005 Woodbury innovator. On March 1, Janam announced the arrival of its new XT100 handheld computer, another tough-as-nails device for the harsh workplace, sans keypad.